Islam and Feminism


The West has long been a hotbed of rampant sexism, and yet — sadly — it’s getting worse the harder we try to stop it. The gender wage gap is increasing, the president of the USA openly supports abuse of women, and feminists are demonized like never before.

There is really only one way to reverse this disturbing trend toward even more male domination in the world, and that is for the West to embrace Islam wholesale. This might sound like a preposterous idea, but that’s only because you’re feeling uncomfortable about abandoning your sexist thoughts and desires. Many religions and philosophies support women’s rights in theory, but in practice, they are extremely sexist. Islam is the only religion that actually stops the discriminating against women, not just in theory, but in practice.

Here are the top three proofs:

1) All the religions of the world do not have gender balance EXCEPT Islam! Islam is the ONLY religion in the world where men and women are equal in number! Judaism, Christianity, and Buddhism are dominated by women while the unaffiliated/non-religious camp is dominated by men. That is not gender balance in either case. Only Islam balances the genders perfectly.


2) Muslim countries elevate women much more than Christian and secular countries in the workplace. For example, the more Islamic a nation is, the more equity between men and women in STEM.


3) Within the non-Islamic religions of the world (Christianity, Judaism, etc.), increased religiosity correlates strongly with more sexism. Christians and Jews attending Church/Synagogue regularly are more likely to be sexist bigots like Conservative leader Andrew Sheer, while Christians and Jews who hardly ever attend religious services like Justin Trudeau become the face of feminism across the globe.

Islam is the opposite. The practicing Muslims devout enough to don the hijab are such great champions of feminism that they become the face of feminism around the world. That’s why Linda Sarsour ended up being the keynote speaker at the Women’s March in Washington. Meanwhile, the liberal and more secular Muslims like Tarek Fatah, Zuhdi Jasser, and Asra Nomani open support sexist Republican candidates like Donald Trump, and write Islamophobic and sexist articles condemning the champions of women’s rights — such as Linda Sarsour and Hillary Clinton.

Now, maybe you’re not religious at all, so you’re thinking that you are not sexist, but that’s only because you are comparing yourself to Christianity from which most non-religious types come. Being less sexist is not the same as being free of sexism. Only Islam can do that for you. If leaving Islam to become irreligious makes you sexist, embracing Islam will remove your sexism, logically speaking.

Take, for example, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s typical of an ex-Muslim. She was a devout follower of Allah when she was a progressive Labour MP in the Netherlands. Then she abandoned her religion to become an atheist, moved the USA, and immediately got a job working the conservative (and thus sexist) American Enterprise Institute. Keep in mind that this think tank includes the likes of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dinesh D’Sousa. That’s right, when Muslims who support progressive and feminist political parties lose their religion they take a hard right into bigotry. So much so that the same organizations who monitor the actions of the KKK end up putting the likes of Ayaan Hirsi Ali on a similar hate watch list.

So the choice is yours to make today. You can either continue life as a sexist bigot, or you can embrace the lofty goals of feminism by joining the world’s fastest growing religion. Do not delay because women everywhere are depending on you to be the change they need.

Allahu Akbar!


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An Extreme Temperature Weekend in Western North America


There were some absolutely amazing diurnal temperature variations over the weekend. Puntzi Mountain, BC (elevation: 910 m) was -8°C Friday afternoon, and then -36.5°C Saturday morning — a 28.5°C drop. Keep in mind that the LARGEST overnight temperature drop at Puntzi Mountain last year was 27.5°C!

The temperature rose to -6.7°C Saturday afternoon — a 29.8°C rise. Keep in mind that the LARGEST daily temperature rise at Puntzi Mountain last year was 28.9°C!

Then the temperature dropped 26.9 degrees to -33.6°C Sunday morning before rising 27.7 degrees to -5.9°C. Then, it dropped an astounding 30.7°C (55°F) overnight to -36.6°C! Keep in mind that the highest overnight temperature drop in BC in 2017 was Merritt when the temperature dropped 29.6°C in August.

Alberta saw even more extreme temperature swings.

Here are the top three:

  1. Hendrickson Creek (1,448 m): a 24 hour change of 38.7°C (-35.9°C in the morning and 2.8°C in the afternoon).
  2. Sundre (1,114 m) : a 24 hour change of 36.9°C (-39.2°C in the morning and -2.3°C in the afternoon).
  3. Claresholm (1,009 m) : a 24 hour change of 35.9°C (-34.1°C in the morning and 1.8°C in the afternoon).

These strong temperature swings were the result of very strong temperature inversions in the morning hours, and then enough sunshine and wind in the afternoon to break the inversion.

Further north, the sunlight is not intense enough to reverse the inversion by the afternoon this time of year, so inversions tend to be more extreme. Around Dawson, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska, the inversion was so strong over the weekend that surface was 60°F (33°C) colder than it was at 2900′ (900 m) above the ground. For Fairbanks, that’s -19°F (-28°C) at the surface and +41°F (5°C) at 2900′ above the ground.

An inversion this extreme is uncommon, but still not a record. That record was set in McGrath, Alaska on Jan 13, 1966 when the surface was 40°C (72°F)  colder than at 855 mb (1180 m above the ground). The surface temperature was -40.7°C (-41.3°F) versus -0.7°C (+30.7°F) at 855 mb.


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What Does it Take to Trigger an Extreme Cold Alert in Canada?


Much of the east coast of North America is under an extreme cold warning, so that provides an opportunity to add to our weather warning series.

TRIGGER WARNING: We are looking at the thresholds required to trigger weather warnings in Canada. (Previously, we have discussed wind, rainfall, snowfall, and heat.)

As with the rest of the weather extremes, Environment Canada changes the criteria depending on the location. Some of the differences do make sense, such as the assumption that those living in the south are complete wusses, so they will be issued an “extreme cold warning” some 35 degrees Celsius above that of the far north.

Some others are a little more confusing such as the fact that an extreme cold warning is not triggered in Vancouver and Victoria (Canada’s most mild cities) until the temperature or windchill is expected to drop down to -35°C, but in Windsor, Ontario a temperature or windchill of just -30°C will trigger the same warning.

The following map graphically represents the extreme cold threshold differences across Canada.





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Wind Warning Thresholds in Canada


Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for parts of British Columbia today. The red on this map shows the affected locations.


Now, this is quite interesting because the Vancouver and Victoria areas are under a wind warning while the west coast of British Columbia where winds are expected to be even stronger are not under a warning.

The reason for this difference is that Environment Canada has three different set points for triggering a wind warning across the country. The highest wind areas of British Columbia need 90km/h sustained winds and/or 110km/h gusts to trigger a warning.

Some of other windy locations in Canada (the west coast of Vancouver Island, the Dempster Highway in the Yukon, southwestern Alberta, and the Wreckhouse area of Newfoundland) will be issued a wind warning at 80km/h sustained winds and/or gusts of 100km/h.

The rest of the country has a lower wind warning threshold of 70km/h for sustained winds and/or gusts of 90km/h.


See also: Rainfall Warning Thresholds in Canada

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Rainfall Warning Thresholds in Canada

Previously we have discussed snowfall and heat warnings in Canada and how grossly inconsistent they are across the country.

Fortunately, Environment Canada is much more realistic when it comes to setting rainfall warning thresholds. Such warnings are season dependent, but for today’s exercise I am using “Table 14. Alerting parameters Environment Canada uses for issuing a Long Duration Rainfall Warning in the Summer.

Graphically, the table is represented as follows:


Unlike Environment Canada’s heat warnings, this map actually makes sense. Basically, the country is divided into three zones (excluding northern Quebec where warnings aren’t issued):

  1. The rainiest portions of coastal British Columbia.
  2. The British Columbia interior dry belt.
  3. The rest of Canada.
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Was 2017 Really the Hottest July-August Ever in Kelowna, BC?


I saw this article today, and thought it was a bit strange that they would make this claim.

Typical of the media. They will tease you with some truthful facts, but just like a Donald Trump tweet, they don’t stop there. They can’t resist the temptation to add in some “alternative facts” to make the article click-bait material.

In short, the article makes two claims:

  1. 2017 was the driest summer on record (June-August).
  2. 2017 was the hottest July-August on record.

On the first point they are indeed correct. 2017 was by far the driest summer on record in Kelowna.

But Castanet could not stop there. It had to add in the temperature for good measure.

Both July and August established new benchmarks for temperature and precipitation, making them the warmest, and driest ever recorded.

However, it should be noted Kelowna records have only been kept since 1969. Data has been collected since 1908 in Penticton and 1900 in Vernon.

Environment Canada meteorologist Alyssa Charbonneau says the average temperature in August was 22.2 C, more than three degrees above the norm.

Given the reference to 1969, they would be referring to the airport since that’s when that station was first established, but every weather buff knows that the airport is located in a frost hollow where the cold air pools at night. While the daytime temperatures are similar to the surrounding parts of the city, the nighttime temperatures are on average three or more degrees cooler than other weather stations in and around the city.

When Environment Canada states that the July-August temperature was 22.2°C, they are referring to the mean temperature (the average between the daily highs and lows). Additionally, this figure is for the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) weather station, which records much warmer nights than the airport.

The second paragraph in the above quote implies that Penticton and Vernon didn’t set records because they have data from before 1969, but that’s not why. In fact, there are several recent years warmer than 2017 including 2003 and 1998. The only reason Kelowna was “warmer” in 2017 is that this article incorrectly compared a cold weather station from the past against a warm location from the present.

This would be equivalent to moving your city’s airport uphill 1,000 feet, and then claiming that you’ve had a cold summer because the temperature at the new location was cooler than the average of the old location.

There’s not a single weather station in the Okanagan that was warmer in 2017 than 1998, and that includes the airport.

The UBCO station is a new station, so it wasn’t around in 1998, but the airport station along with the Okanagan Centre station were in existence. And in both cases, they were much warmer in 1998.

Okanagan Centre averaged 23.3°C in 2017 and 24.2°C in 1998. Similarly, the Kelowna airport averaged 20.6°C in 2017 versus 21.1°C in 1998.



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The True Source of Religious Discrimination in Canada

How the Patriarchy Promotes Religious Discrimination, Hate, and Violence

by Every 3rd Day Feminism

You will hear people say that “correlation does not imply causation” as if strong correlation has nothing to do with causation, but make no mistake about it, these people who invoke this phrase are ignorant about their white privilege. They will share endless memes about eating pork and loving bacon without realizing the very act of sharing insensitive memes causes violence and oppression toward the the most vulnerable groups in society.

I opened up Facebook today only to discover yet another hateful meme:


Not only is this meme offensive to vegans, it’s disgusting and hurtful to Muslims and Jews. You may as well post the N-word all over your Facebook for your black friends to discover.

The Patriarchy in Canada hates women and non-Christians. It’s not that it loves bacon more than other types of food, but rather, it just wants to promote Islamophobia and other forms of nativist bigotry against the most vulnerable of Canadians; pork  is the most effective way to viciously malign minorities.

The Patriarchy is a subconscious force in society embedded so deep in the subconscious that it’s almost too subtle to detect. Thus, most of us don’t even realize we’re promoting hate and violence when we share bacon memes.

The damage from bacon bigotry is far worse that anyone realizes. If we scale for population, 96% of all religious hate crimes in Canada are targeted toward the two religions that don’t eat bacon. This correlation is far too strong to not imply causation. To say otherwise is to say that having 96% of climate scientists agreeing on climate change does not imply they’re right.


You might be thinking that there are other factors, but you’d be wrong. About the only thing exclusive to Jews and Muslims is their dislike of bacon.

The more people share bacon memes, the more discrimination increases. That’s why a recent study showed that hate crimes against Muslims rose by 60% in just one year.

This information should be helpful in your quest for tolerance and understanding. If you remain skeptical of this link between the Patriarchal bacon memes and religious discrimination, then you need to check your privilege.

If you don’t know how to do that, look to the media as an example. The people at Cosmopolitan have checked their privilege. They know that whenever tragedy strikes, they need to find ways to promote Muslims in a positive light, even if that means calling a Sikh a Muslim. Tolerance is more important than truth, so go, and do likewise.



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